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MARCO ISLAND, FL

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on June 20, 2010

If you’d like to escape for several days to a beach haven away from it all, visit Marco Island. There’s as much or as little as you want to do here, with expansive sandy beaches, boat rides, fine dining, shopping, water sports, and more. Driving onto the island, a two hour drive west from Fort Lauderdale and just south of Naples, we stopped at the Snook Inn for lunch. Located on a waterway, this rustic restaurant offers a scenic view along with outdoor dining. I had Baked Stuffed Shrimp while my husband had Conch Chowder and Crab Cake Sliders. Then we went for cocktails later to Quinn’s on the Beach at the Marriott. Again, we chose outdoor seating so we could watch the sun descend on the horizon.

Snook Inn

Snook Inn

We spent two nights at the Hilton with its lovely pool area, big wide beach, three dining places, plus a lounge. The food in Sandpipers and the Paradise Café was excellent, better than many other restaurants we’ve experienced, with an artistic presentation worthy of the best worldwide establishments. For dinner in the Paradise Café, I ordered Coconut Crusted Tilapia that was absolutely delish. My husband ordered Salmon Oscar, and we shared a Key Lime Pie for dessert. Here you have a choice of eating outside on a screened patio with a view of the sunset and beach or inside in the air-cooled restaurant.

The last night found us at Capri Fish House where we ate outside under the chickee hut facing a waterway. While we waited for our food (I ordered grilled grouper), a thunderstorm struck and lightning flashed all around. Rain poured down, necessitating our moving to another table to avoid getting wet.        

Snook Inn

View from Snook Inn

Other than the food, we enjoyed the beach. The lounge chairs and towels are free at the Hilton. If you want an umbrella, it costs $19 per day. We hunted for seashells, splashed in the sea foam, sniffed the salty sea air, and floated in the bathtub warm water. This mini-vacation came with its comedic moments, such as when the spouse spilled ketchup all over himself or got lost walking on the beach looking for the hotel entrance. I tried to unlock someone else’s room until I realized I was at the wrong door. Good thing our daughter came along to laugh at our mishaps. Family vacations, however short, are treasures to be stored away with memories and photos.

Quinn's on the Beach

Quinn's on the Beach

Hilton Hotel view

Hilton Hotel view

Marco Island Beach

Marco Island Beach

Nancy in the ocean

Nancy in the ocean

Capri Fish House

Capri Fish House

Capri Fish House

Capri Fish House

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Nancy at Capri Fish House

Nancy at Capri Fish House

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

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5 Responses to “MARCO ISLAND, FL”

  1. Oh, Nancy, stop! Your descriptions are making me hungry and your beautiful pictures are making me jealous. It’s been quite a number of years since we stayed on Marco Island or any of our old west coast haunts. We need to go again. It’s SO relaxing over there!

  2. Yes, it’s wonderfully relaxing but now my brain feels like banana mush. It’s hard getting in gear again.

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  4. Lynn Byer said

    Wow, Nancy! Marco Island looks like a wonderful vacation.

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